Family homeless shelter breaks ground Wednesday

A little more relief will be coming to some of the homeless in Horry County. A number of agencies broke ground Wednesday on a new 37-bed shelter off Highway 9 in Longs.

The facility is being built to house up to 51 people. Dozens watched as shovels broke ground, an emotional moment for so many who helped make this dream a reality.

The new 5,000 square foot shelter is being built next to an already existing 16-bed shelter.

Horry County officials said once the new shelter is built, the old one will be turned into affordable housing, which will help generate income for the new homeless shelter.

The facility is being designed to help with on-site case management and life skills training.

"I think it will be really good here because you've got a lot of people living in the woods, we watch them just coming out of the woods so I think this will really be a good area," said Diana Seydlorsky, Community Development Director. "To be able to be a part of the solution, I just can't express how thrilled we are at the County level to be able to do this for them."

The shelter costs nearly $400,000 which is being paid for by a community development block grant, state housing trust funds, loans and donations.

County officials said construction will start within the next four weeks and that the county plans to hire one or two homeless people to work on the contract.

The shelter is expected to be complete by February.